Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.00
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

Black Hills State University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Deborah Liddick
AD of Facilities Services and Sustainability
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

The Lisa Bike Program is an environmentally sustainable and lower cost way to get around campus and town. This program lets students lease out bikes for an assigned amount of time. The group recently installed a “fix-it” station on campus. The program is run by Enactus, a student organization.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Faculty who teach at the BHSU-Rapid City campus submit their class times to receive a BHSU vehicle each week. Facilities staff work each semester to create a carpool schedule for professors who make this trip around the same time.

Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

We have four spots for electric vehicle parking and 2 spots for fuel efficient vehicles.

Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

BHSU has two Level-2 charging stations; one is a Greenlots and the other is a ChargePoint station. Both are free for faculty, student, staff and public use.

Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

Does the institution have other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting:

Bike Spearfish! is a unique collaboration between Black Hills State University (BHSU) and Hills Horizon (a local non-profit) designed to infuse a culture of active living via advancing bicycle transportation, trail construction and completion, advocating safe cycling and complete street policies, and community cycling education and promotional events.

Bike Spearfish! aims to increase active living via safe transportation and recreation cycling. The activities and infrastructure will promote changed behavior via the “5 E’s” as described by the League of American Bicyclists including:

Engineering: creating safe, convenient places to ride and park

We are working with the City of Spearfish to improve infrastructure around the city.

Education: including abilities and confidence building.

We host cycling safety trainings for all ages.

Encouragement: creating strong cycling cultures.
We partner with local cycling groups to promote biking in our community in addition to hosting weekly rides from campus.

Enforcement: ensuring safe roads for users.

Evaluation and Planning: collecting metrics, establishing biking as a safe, viable transportation option.

We have established a bicycle advisory group to help ensure cycling is a safe and convenient form of transportation.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Electric Vehicle - BHSU is the proud owner of a 2019 Chevy Bolt electric car! The purpose of the electric vehicle is for faculty and staff to use when they travel between our Rapid City Campus and our Spearfish Campus . It is 60% more efficient for us to run electrical car over the gas cars. The Chevy Bolt can go 224 miles per charge. BHSU has two level-2 charging stations; one near the Life Science building and the other one is located at the BHRC campus in Rapid City. They are both free to use.

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